Marc A. Brinkmeyer : Owner

Marc began his career as an accountant with Arthur Anderson in Portland, OR. He worked with medium sized and large companies, including several in the forest products industry. From 1973 to 1981, Marc was the Chief Financial Officer for Brand-S, who had processing facilities in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. In 1981, Brinkmeyer purchased the Laclede sawmill from Brand-S and formed Riley Creek Lumber Co. In 2003, Riley Creek purchased two additional mills from LP located in Moyie Springs and Chilco Idaho. Marc plays an active role in guiding the strategic direction of IFG and is heavily involved in the promotion and development of the Idaho forest products industry.

Bryan Riga: Vice President of Technologies

Bryan started at IFG in 2000, working at both Laclede and Chilco sawmills before attending the University of Idaho, where he earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Engineering. In his nine years at the sawmills, Bryan was a certified machine operator and part of the engineering project team that built the Chilco sawmill after the purchase from Louisiana Pacific. He learned to work as part of a team and experienced first-hand what it takes to improve productivity. After college, Bryan moved to Silicon valley and worked for several startups in the technology industry. While in Silicon Valley he served as a consultant to several fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing sector. He returned to IFG in 2019 and led the Strategy and Innovation team until his promotion to Vice President of Technologies in May 2022.

Julie Shiflett: Chief Financial Officer

Julie has more than 30 years experience leading companies as a CFO and Administrative officer with responsibility for accounting, finance, human resources, purchasing, and information technology. Julie started her forest products career at an early age supporting the family logging business. In the early 2000’s Julie worked for IFG for five years as the VP of Finance and Administration. Since that time she has expanded her experience working with companies and industries such as publicly held, family owned, venture capital backed, manufacturing, retail, agricultural, healthcare, and the list goes on. Julie now brings to IFG best practices from these many areas as well as her formal education including degrees in business, accounting, economics, technology management, and organizational development.

Erol Deren: VP Sales & Marketing

Erol began his career with Georgia Pacific in 1987 where he held various positions of increasing responsibility in sales, procurement, and management. His last position was Director of Commodity Lumber. He joined Riley Creek in 2005 as president of the distribution company. In 2007 Erol was named the VP of Sales & Marketing of Riley Creek Lumber and in December of 2009 the VP of Sales and Marketing for Idaho Forest Group. Erol has a BS in business administration and a Minor in economics from Humboldt State University.

Tom Schultz: Director of Resource & Government Affairs

Tom Schultz joined Idaho Forest Group in January 2018. Prior to working for Idaho Forest Group, he served as the director of the Idaho Department of Lands for six years. As secretary to the State Board of Land Commissioners (Land Board), he oversaw the management of 2.4 million surface acres of endowment lands and 3.3 million acres of endowment minerals in the State of Idaho. Prior to joining the Idaho Department of Lands, Tom worked for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) for 14 years. He served as the administrator of the DNRC Trust Lands Division, and served as the administrator for the DNRC Water Resources Division from 2009 to 2010. Before working for the State of Montana, Tom served as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Launch Officer in the United States Air Force. Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the University of Virginia and holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wyoming as well as a Master’s degree in Forestry from the University of Montana.

Mike Henley: Regional Manager- North

Mike has over 24 years of knowledge and experience in the lumber industry. Mike worked briefly at the LP mill in Priest River, Idaho pulling on the green chain prior to starting his career with Riley Creek Lumber.  He has over 17 years in Industry Management, 8 years as sawmill supervisor, 4 years as maintenance supervisor, 5 years as the Laclede and Chilco mills Regional Manager, and most recently became Regional Manager of the Athol facility.  Prior to getting his opportunity in management, Mike spent 7 years in the green end of the Laclede plant where he operated most mill machinery, log yard equipment and spent some time in Quality Control.  Currently for Idaho Forest Group Mike is “hands on” and through his leadership has helped both facilities become low cost, efficient producers of high quality lumber. Mike enjoys working with other team members to bring out the best in them in addition to working with customers.

Jesse Short: Director of Idaho Lumber Production

Jesse has more than a decade of leadership experience in the industry. In 1999, Jesse started out as a general laborer at Moyie Springs. Committed to learning more about production, getting the training that enabled him to advance, and taking on new responsibilities allowed him to ultimately transition into management. He was Plant Manager for the Moyie Springs facility for four years and in 2011 moved south to be Plant Manager for Lewiston and then Regional Manager of the Lewiston and Grangeville mills in 2015. As of 2022, Jesse is now in the new company role of Director of Idaho Lumber Production. He holds an Associate’s Degree in residential construction from Delta College in Saginaw, Michigan.

Chris Pease: Plant Manager

Chris began his career in the sawmill industry as a Kiln Operator for Louisiana-Pacific in 1996. In 2005, he joined Riley Creek, Moyie Springs Mill, as a Boiler/Kiln Operator. Three years later, in 2008, he was promoted to Lead Boiler/Kiln, as Riley Creek transitioned to Idaho Forest Group. In 2010, he became Green End Supervisor until he was named Plant Manager of Moyie Springs Mill February 2013.

Bruce Brewer: Residual Manager

Bruce has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of the forest products business. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a BS in Forest Business and began his forestry career in 1981. Bruce joined Riley Creek in 2003 and transitioned to Idaho Forest Group in 2008.  He has held positions as Fee Lands Manager, Chilco Resource Manager and Chilco Plant Manager.  Currently, as the Residuals Manager for all five IFG mills he is responsible for the sales of all chips, sawdust, shavings and bark.

Alan Harper: Director of Forest Operations

Alan received his BS degree in Forest Management from Humboldt State University in 1985. After graduation he started his career in forestry working for Diamond Lands out of Sterling City, California where he worked on the timber sale layout crew setting up timber sales and managing the contract logging crews. In 1989 he started his own business “Timber Wolf Enterprises” which specialized in writing forest management plans and contract logging. In 2000 Alan took a position with Riley Creek Lumber to be the Resource Manager for the new saw mill that was being built in Plummer, Idaho later known as Plummer Forest Products.

Curtis Fryer: Chief Information Officer

Curtis Fryer became the Chief Information Officer  for Idaho Forest Group in 2016. Curtis received his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems from Lewis Clark State where he was quickly recruited to become the college’s Data Communications Manager six months prior to graduation. Following his work with the college, he advanced in his technology career by helping to build a start-up company into a thriving business. For ten years he devoted his time to bringing technology to the north-central part of Idaho in a multitude of arenas such as education, healthcare and manufacturing. In 2010, Curtis became the Lead Information Officer for a rural healthcare system that was working towards adoption of the Affordable Care Act. Curtis also enjoys spending time with his family, camping, snow skiing and playing golf.